When Holy Spirit dropped “honor” in my heart for my one-word-2014, I really wasn’t sure what all it would entail. I knew, number one, I wanted to honor Him in everything I was involved with in 2014. And, just like God, He began branching out and taking me down little holy rabbit trails. So, today, I am going to share one or two with you.
I am sorry to say my father was not a man of honor. He dishonored his family by his behavior. Children, honor your parents, this is a commandment with promise. That scripture isn’t just for the defiant, stubborn teenager – it is for 50-year old adults also. His favorite saying to his daughters, “Don’t do as I do, do as I say.” Honorable? Not.
As my mother and I grew older, I learned that honoring looks differently at 55 and 79. My mom was an outspoken ‘character’, and, I had to learn how to honor her while placing boundaries around my heart. I made those “lines” very clear to her. Once she knew “where she could go” with her comments and criticisms, and “where she could not go”, we were fine. Honorable? Yes!
I did mention rabbit trails, didn’t I?
My friend and I are holding each other accountable this year in our daily scripture reading and we have started in the wonderful Gospel of John – you know, the disciple that Jesus loved! When John, or perhaps his scribes, began placing ink to paper, he went deep.
In the beginning was The Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God…All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (from John 1.1-14)
Is that not the most beautiful passage? It is on my scripture line in the dining room and I hope to have it memorized by Resurrection Day. John has a way with words. John 1 is long and encompasses a lot of information: we see John the Baptizer, Jesus’ baptism, and the first disciples being chosen. Then, the rubber meets the road and here is where we are going to either hear and heed or just hear and ignore.
John 2. The first miracle. Water turned into wine. Most of us know the story well. But, it is verse 5 that nails it.
His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, (just) do it!
Here is where the rabbit trail ends. Here is where we hear it and heed or hear it and run.
I ask myself, “What, Lord, have You told me to do that I have not done? In what areas of Your instruction have I not honored You? Have I heard and obeyed (heed) or have I heard and ignored?”
I want to be a hearer and a heeder (made-up word) and when I do this I will HONOR my heavenly Father.
I pray we all have the courage to ask ourselves this question today.
A disciple whom Jesus loves,